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Curbside Alcohol Sales Passes General Assembly

House Bill 289 passed the House and Senate unanimously last week. The bill allows liquor stores, farm wineries, brewery-pubs, microbreweries, craft distilleries, and wine auctions to provide curbside service for the sale of alcohol, but makes clear that all sales must comply with all other regulatory provisions regarding the sale of alcohol, including the prohibition against sales to intoxicated persons and persons under 21 years of age.

To be eligible to offer curbside service, a business must hold a valid off-premises liquor license while the service must be completed by a person certified as a responsible alcoholic beverage server. Sales to intoxicated individuals and anyone under the age of 21 will still be prohibited. 

House Bill 289 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
Heffernan, Schwartzkopf, Longhurst, Carson, Cooke, K.Johnson, Morrison, K.Williams, Ramone, Gray, M.Smith, SpiegelmanHouse Passes 39-0-1-1. Bennett Bentz Bolden Brady Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey-Walker Griffith Heffernan K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Lambert Longhurst Lynn Matthews Minor-Brown Morrison Osienski S.Moore Schwartzkopf Wilson-Anton Briggs King D.Short Dukes Gray Hensley M.Smith Morris Postles Ramone Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende YearickBaumbach (Not Voting) Mitchell (Absent)
Mantavinos, Gay, Ennis, Walsh, Lopez, PettyjohnSenate Passes 21-0. Brown Ennis Gay Hansen Lockman Mantzavinos Paradee Pinkney Poore S.McBride Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh Bonini Hocker Lawson Lopez Pettyjohn Richardson WilsonNone
Current Status: Sent to the Governor.

Rep. Debra Heffernan: “Since the earliest days of the pandemic, businesses have had to get creative to keep their doors open while protecting their customers’ health. This bill gives businesses another tool to meet their customers’ needs and allows residents to support their favorite brewery, distillery, or winery even if they don’t feel comfortable dining out.” 

Sen. Spiros Mantzavinos: “Just like restaurants, Delaware’s burgeoning craft alcohol businesses have been hit hard by the social distancing restrictions and temporary closures that were necessary to protect the lives of our residents. Even after this year’s winter surge passes, many customers may be hesitant to return to their favorite breweries and distilleries, making the recovery harder for those entrepreneurs and the employees who depend on them for their livelihood. This legislation will allow those businesses to bounce back a little faster and help protect the health of their customers going forward.” 

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